Compressed air metering offer

Compressed air systems are energy guzzlers. On top of this, they are often running inefficiently.

We will give you up to $5000 to install new metering on your equipment to help cut your energy bills.

Metering will show how much electricity the system is using and if it is used properly.

This offer will run between 28 November 2019 and 30 April 2020.


To qualify you must:

  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN) and be registered for GST
  • have an on-site operational compressed air system capacity of 100 kW or greater
  • undertake manufacturing activities or cotton ginning in NSW. If you think what you do is manufacturing but doesn’t fit this definition, please contact us at manufacturing [at]

Types of metering

We want you to install the best metering possible.

Consider these options:

  • a power meter on each compressor in the plant room
  • airflow meter on the common outlet
  • pressure sensors before and after the air receiver
  • dew point sensor on the common outlet
  • data logger

Having new metering may also help you prepare for future funding offers.

Costs we cover

We fund the cost of buying, installing and commissioning new metering on your compressed air system.

We will pay 30% of the final bill, up to a maximum of $5000 per site.

For example, Eddy is quoted $12,000 to install new metering. He applies for the NSW government offer and gets $3600 - 30% of his total project costs.

Our program does not fund:

  • costs to submit the application
  • costs before the contract is signed by both parties
  • project management and labour expenses
  • loss of revenue from interrupting production
  • subscriptions to data management services
  • costs to re-calibrate existing metering equipment

How to apply

Step 1: Submit your application

Email us your application. You must attach:

  • a filled-in application form (XLSX 159KB).
  • a quote from your chosen supplier.
  • an electricity bill for the site from the last 12 months.
  • a high-quality photo of the compressed air equipment and nameplate being metered.

Read the Terms and Conditions (PDF 856KB) before sending in your documents.

You will be issued an application number once you submit.

Step 2: Get assessed

It can take us around two weeks to assess your application.

We need to check:

  • you meet all the eligibility requirements.
  • your application is complete and of high-quality, with details appropriate to the size and complexity of your project.
  • your application does not raise unacceptable risks to us.

For example, we need to know if your business is facing legal action or does not have the finances to implement the project.

We will be in touch if we need more information. You will have 10 business days to respond. If your application is rejected, we will explain why and you can re-submit until the closing date.

Step 3: Sign the contract

Review and sign the contract we send you. We will then counter-sign and return to you. Both parties need to sign the contract before you can commence any work.

This is a sample contract (DOCX 99KB).

Step 4: Install your metering

Get your supplier to install and commission the new metering equipment.

You will have six months from signing the contract to complete the project.

Step 5: Receive your funding

To get your funding, email us:

  • the invoice from your supplier
  • the metering commissioning report
  • a photo of your installed meter or meters
  • your invoice to the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment

We will process these documents and pay you.

Program updates

This offer is supported by $500,000 from the NSW Climate Change Fund.

You can apply anytime until the closing date on 30 April 2020 or until the fund is exhausted.

We will update you with new details about this program if:

  • funding runs out before the closing date
  • the offer is extended
  • we need to make other changes

Information will be published on this page and at NSW eTendering. We will do this a minimum of three weeks before the closing date on 30 April 2020.

Contact us

Please contact us at manufacturing [at] if you have questions.

Page last updated on 2 December 2019